Mom’s Apple Crisp from Olivetoeat.com

Here’s a perfect fall desert, suitable for a simple family meal, or a festive holiday feast. It comes from our friends over at Olivetoeat.com, a great place for real recipes, and resources in Southern Ontario.
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Ingredients

Filling:
5 cups cored, peeled, and very thinly sliced apples (about 6 to 8 apples, ask your farmer which available apples are best for apple crisp)
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
Dash of grated nutmeg

Topping:
½ cup packed light brown sugar
¾ cup all-purpose flour (measured by spooning in, then leveling off with a knife)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (preferably Vietnamese cinnamon)
Pinch of salt
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

Preparation Instructions

Place oven rack in middle of oven; preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large bowl, toss the apples with ¾ cup brown sugar and dash of nutmeg until evenly coated. Pour filling into a 9” square baking dish and level gently with a spatula.
Add all topping ingredients (except butter) to a medium bowl; stir to combine evenly. Add butter to bowl; blend with your fingertips or a pastry blender to break down the butter into the flour until the mixture becomes crumbly, resembling coarse breadcrumbs without any large chunks of butter. Sprinkle topping mixture evenly over apples.
Bake until apples are tender and topping is browned, about 35 minutes. Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Spoon into pretty cups and serve warm with vanilla ice cream or cold with whipped cream.

I have my Mom’s handwritten copy of this recipe. She called it Apple Crisp – Dad’s Favourite and included a little story about the recipe’s origin – it was submitted to St. Andrews United Church in Chatham, by the mother of my aunt’s boyfriend in grade 4 in 1942.
This is an easy – and I think more delicious – way to enjoy warm apple pie without the fuss of the crust. It is packed with tart apples and brown sugar and has a crumbly, cinnamon-scented streusel topping. The butter, spices, apple juices, and brown sugar meld together in a delicious mélange that caramelizes around the edges. It smells so wonderful cooking. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream – or perhaps Belly Ice Cream’s Caramel and Sea Salt ice cream.

Sage & Onion bread stuffing from OlivetoEat.com

This recipe comes from our friends over at Olivetoeat.com. It’s a great place to find tried and true recipes, and with Thanksgiving fast approaching, this one just makes sense to share!!

Ingredients

4 cups dry bread cubes – “stuffing croutons” that grocery stores bring in for the holidays
3 tablespoons (or more) finely chopped yellow onion
1 teaspoon (or more) salt
¼ teaspoon (or more) freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon (or more) poultry seasoning
¼ teaspoon (or more) ground sage
1/3 cup (or more) melted butter
Hot chicken broth or water, just enough to moisten the bread

Preparation Instructions

Combine bread, onion, and seasonings in a large bowl; add butter and toss. Slowly add hot broth, bit by bit, until bread is just moistened. Taste and if necessary, add more onion, broth, butter, or seasonings, until seasoned to your taste. Toss gently to mix thoroughly.
Place stuffing mixture in an ovenproof casserole; cover and chill until ready to bake.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring stuffing casserole to room temperature before placing in preheated oven. Bake, covered, until hot throughout and flavours have melded together – about 30 to 45 minutes. Serve warm.

This recipe is from my Mom’s Better Homes & Gardens cookbook that she received as a wedding gift back in 1954. She made it every Thanksgiving and Christmas. The key to this simple, classic stuffing is to season it to your taste – but make sure you use lots of butter and sage. We always add more of each ingredient than the recipe calls for but never measure – so start out with the recipe, then slowly add more, tasting as you go along, until it tastes just right.

Since the recipe only serves 4 to 6 people, you will likely need to multiply the recipe for a larger feast. If you are stuffing your turkey, calculate 1 cup of stuffing for 1 pound of uncooked turkey; don’t stuff your turkey until you are ready to put it in the oven; promptly remove any leftover stuffing from the cooked carcass and store separately in the refrigerator. I have heard a lot of talk lately about cooking your turkey unstuffed and cooking the stuffing in a separate baking dish. By the time you get the stuffing in the turkey’s cavity heated to a safe internal temperature of 165°F, you dry out the poor bird. Makes sense to me, so my recipe instructs you to cook it in a separate casserole while the turkey rests.

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